Ronald "Ron" Daniel Daline

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  • Name: Ronald "Ron" Daniel Daline
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  • Date of Birth: January 24, 1929
  • Date of Death: December 31, 2006 (77 years old)
  • Parents: Daniel Daline and Marie (Larson) Daline
  • High School and Class: 1946 - South High School, Minneapolis, Mnnesota
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  • Highest Rank: TSGT (Technical Sergeant)
  • Branch: Air Force
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  • Military Highlights:
    Ron entered the United States Air Force in 1948 and was stationed on Adak Island in the Aleutians. He lovingly referred to the Aleutians as the "islands of nothing on the beautiful Bering Sea". After four years he was honorably discharged with the rank of Technical Sergeant and left the Air Force with a passion for airplanes and flying.

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  • Civilian Life:
    Ron grew up during the Depression years in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

    He attended South High School and pitched softball games in the summer.

    His passion for airplanes and flying was renewed in 1966 when he received his private pilot's license.

    Ron married Annette Holtman of Anoka, Minnesota in 1951. They had two children, Mary and John.

    His career in marketing and sales promotion took them to many places. Early in his career he worked for IBM, Red Wing Shoe Company, Ray-O-Vac, Broan Mfg, and Weinbrenner Shoes.

    After forming his own company, Ron worked with 3M in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

    Ron and his first wife, Annette, settled in the Effie, Minnesota area where Ron continued to work in marketing with local companies and organizations like ASV and the Grand Rapids Small Business Development Center, in Grand Rapids, Minnesota.

    Annette died in 1990 after her long battle with cancer.

    Ron took great pride in his work but he also had many other passions. He began a new career singing in Grand Rapids Showboat where he met Alyce McLane of Grand Rapids, Minnesota. They performed together in several performances and were married in 2002. Ron also sang with the Blandin Male Chorus, performed in the Grand Rapids Players production of "Damn Yankees," and discovered a new musical passion picking bluegrass and gospel on one of the five banjos he collected.

    Art surrounded Ron; it was a part of his work, but also a personal passion. His creativity and talent excelled in oil and watercolor paintings, pastel and pencil drawings, pottery, woodcarving and metalworking. His art graces the homes of his family and friends, offices, and theater stages. In 1983, he was commissioned by St. Mary's Hospital in Pierre, South Dakota to create a memorial for patients whose lives were saved by CPR. He created the "Flame of Life" memorial of mahogany and metal. For Ron, the project was both challenging and satisfying.

    Ron's family and friends will miss his limitless creativity and boundless interests, his wit and his humor. They will remember his love of music and art, and his faith in God.

    He is survived by his spouse, Alyce; two children, Mary and John; three step-children; three grandchildren, and seven step-grandchildren.

    Ron passed on peacefully at home after a courageous battle with cancer. No burial information or photo of grave marker is available at this time.

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